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New exhibition shows the power of print

Judy Murphy

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Margaret Irwin West who will open the Print is Dead:Long Live Print exhibition.

Newspapers, signwriters and printmakers are part of a shared heritage which will be celebrated this Friday evening in a new exhibition opening at the Connacht Tribune in the city centre. The show, Print is Dead: Long Live Print is being held in the Tribune’s former printworks, where the newspaper was published for 100 years. The exhibition has been curated by the Galway Print Studio (formerly Lorg) and will run for 10 days. It marks the 10th anniversary of The Galway Print Studio, which supports artists working in the medium of printmaking.

This fine-art process requires large-scale equipment and The Galway Print Studio provides people with a 24-hour space and all necessary resources.

It is located in Ballybane, on the city’s east side, so the show in the Connacht Tribune printworks will help increase its profile, says its manager, Katriona Gillespie.

“For us, being located in Ballybane, we don’t have a huge profile in the city and need to work on that,” she says.

Exhibiting in the city centre, “in one of the most exciting spaces available, gives the artists an opportunity to let people know what printmaking is”, says Elena Santos, a member of the Galway Print Studio.

Print is Dead: Long Live Print will include work from Galway artists, as well as from members of print studios throughout Ireland – there are six or seven similar organisations throughout the country, Katriona explains.

There will also be a range of print demonstrations, workshops and talks over the 10 days, including the screening of the American documentary, Sign Painters, with Galway sign painter and former footballer John Herrick this Saturday.

Some of the old printing machinery from the Connacht Tribune and from GMIT will be on show to demonstrate the strong link that exists between industrial printing and printmaking at a fine-art level.

For more, see this week’s Connacht and City Tribune

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‘Home’ is theme of diverse Clifden Arts Festival

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‘Home’ is the theme of year’s annual Clifden Arts Festival, which runs from September 12-23.
The event will explore the concept of home, as well as showcasing Ireland’s diverse arts community with a wide variety of shows and performances,
“The physical place of birth holds a special place within us, while for others it isn’t physical but rather the feelings, the emotion, the character, the people and the culture, that shape it and make it,” explains Festival Director Brendan Flynn of the decision to focus on home. “We hope to capture that feeling and explore a sense of home and how it is unique for each of us.”
The strong line-up at this year’s Festival includes headline names, some familiar and others new to Clifden.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉs ConTempo Quartet will both make the journey West, as will other big names in Irish music including Aslan, Máirtín O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Martin Hayes, Bill Whelan, Lisa Hannigan, Declan Nerney, Frankie Gavin and Fiachra O’Regan, Seán Keane, Charlie McGettigan, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin.
Poets and Aosdána members, Paul Durcan and Rita Ann Higgins will also take part, while Mayo novelist, EM Reapy, whose novel Red Dirt, set in Australia, which won the 2017 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, will read with Sligo-born Galway-based poet, Michael Gorman.
There’s a one-man play, Padraig Potts, by Séamus O’Rourke and a drama about Constance Markievicz, written by journalist Mary Kenny and performed by Jeananne Crowley.
On the comedy front, award-winning Danny O’Brien will bring brings his Lock In show fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Museum exhibition on former slave and champion boxer Tom Molineaux

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Galway City Museum is hosting a special exhibition in memory of former slave and champion African-American bare-knuckle fighter, Tom Molineaux, who died in the city in 1818.
Tom Molineaux was discovered sick and destitute on the streets of Galway in the summer of 1818. Aged just 34, the washed-up fighter was given shelter in the band room of the Shambles Barracks – where St Patrick’s National School is today – by three drummers from the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment. Like him, they were freed slaves.
However, despite their kindness, Molineaux died on August 4 and was buried in a pauper’s grave in St James’s Cemetery, Mervue. It was a sad end for a unique man.
By the time he arrived in Galway, Molineaux was destitute and worn down by drinking and fighting, but this man had once been among the world’s top boxers, mixing with the wealthiest people in England.
In 1810 and again in 1811, Molineaux had fought the English champion, Tom Cribb. He was defeated both times in what were the first and second world title fights, although there were allegations that he had been robbed of victory due to underhand behaviour by Cribb’s supporters. Afterwards, Molineaux had gone on a tour of Scotland and Ireland where he fought off challengers, gave public displays of his skill and taught the ‘sweet science of bruising’.
Galway City Museum is marking the 200th anniversary of Molineaux’s death with an exhibition and a series of events including a talk by boxing historian Patrick Myler and a screening of the documentary, Ag Trasnú An Atlantaigh Dhuibh (Crossing the Black Atlantic). This documentary is the work of local filmmaker Des Kilbane and was shot in Virginia and Ireland. It premiered at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Macnas warming up for annual Halloween parade

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Macnas Theatre Company is one of Galway’s real treasures, a creative company that has reimagined itself in recent years under the artistic directorship of Noeline Kavanagh. Its talented members will take to the city’s streets on Sunday, October, 29, for this year’s Halloween Parade, for which the main sponsor is The Latin Quarter. The following day, Macnas will take part in Dublin’s Halloween celebrations and later this year, will bring that parade to Hull, the UK’s City of Culture.

Giants, goblins,wolves and the otheworldly creatures that Macnas are so good at creating fit in particularly well with Halloween, a time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its most permeable. The usual mix of mischief and mayhem can be expected at this family event, with the promise from Macnas of “some truly incredible new work”.

More details of that new work will be announced in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, the company is seeking volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the parade and are over the age of 18, check out the details on the group’s Facebook page. Or, if you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or supporting the parade, you can email admin@macnas.com.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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